95 Years Of My Family’s Crossing Guard #61

If you’ve read anything that I have written in the last four years since I started this blog then you know that I absolutely adore my family. I always feel extremely blessed to have been born into such an awesome group of people.

Today is the 95th birthday of the woman who I call the chief of our tribe, the captain of our ship, and the ruler over all in my family, my grandma. The bible tells us that our days may come to seventy years or eighty, if our strength endures. (Psalms 90:10). Today God has allowed my grandma’s strength to endure living in this world for 25 years beyond the 70 years that the bible speaks of. I don’t know about anyone else but I am overjoyed by that fact.

Let me tell you a little bit about just who my Grandma Freda is. For 29 years of her life her occupation was a school crossing guard, but she was a crossing guard long before she started that job. My Grandma Freda has been life’s crossing guard for her five children, five grandchildren, nieces & nephews and countless others. Til this day she is still serving as life’s crossing guard for her four great grandsons. Grandma Freda has been the one to see us all safely from one phase of life to the next. From infants to children, from adolescence to adulthood, Grandma Freda has been there every step of the way, making sure we got safely through each phase. Even if we happen to step into harm’s way she is right there to pick us up and point us back in the right direction all the while very sternly telling us where we went wrong. Grandma Freda is an important part of the lives of everyone that’s born into my family.

I’m not sure I know anyone else quite like Grandma Freda, she’s awfully headstrong, as a matter of fact she’s probably where the rest of us got that trait from. You might not think so when you first meet Grandma Freda but deep underneath her very hard shell lives a kindhearted woman. If she has even just an ounce of love for you you’ll know it, but don’t look for hugs, kisses or much in the way of affection from Grandma Freda because that’s just not who she is. If she doesn’t like you trust me you’ll feel her sting. Grandma Freda does not sugarcoat anything at all for any reason. If it’s on her mind you better believe it’s going to come out of her mouth and you just might get your feelings hurt, especially if you’re sensitive like me.

I think that the spiritual/religious side of me has always been nurtured by all of my life’s crossing guards, but I have so many memories of Grandma Freda sitting me down as a young girl and teaching me “church songs” and scriptures. I admire her faith and her trust in God. Her church members know something is wrong if she’s not at Beulah Land on Sunday morning. She’s the oldest member of the church and they all know not to talk back when she says something. She’s always taught me “just trust in God.” Grandma Freda is the reason that Proverbs & Psalms are my favorite books to read in the bible, because whenever life throws an obstacle in my path that I just can’t seem to jump over easily Grandma Freda tells me to read Proverbs & Psalms and of course I do as she tells me.

Grandma Freda will teach you a multitude of life lessons in one conversation with her. You really have no choice but to be still, sit, listen and learn, because it doesn’t matter what else is on your schedule when Grandma Freda is talking. Grandma Freda has always been a my way or no way type of grandmother but a lot of times in my life I have found that she’s not going to steer me wrong and her way is at times the best way. I just wanted to tell you all about the woman I’m celebrating today, my family’s life crossing guard. A woman I’m grateful beyond words to have in my life, my Grandma Freda.

It’s my prayer that God continues to bless her with good health and many more years to celebrate her life.

That’s just my perspective!💜

Advertisements

30 thoughts on “95 Years Of My Family’s Crossing Guard #61

  1. Anonymous February 6, 2019 / 10:56 am

    This is truly wonderful and in my short visits with her that is how comes across! Absolutely a great job Z and love you both!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Zena T. February 6, 2019 / 10:59 am

      Thank you💜

      Like

  2. Anonymous February 6, 2019 / 1:34 am

    Beautifully written Zena! 😘

    Liked by 1 person

    • Zena T. February 6, 2019 / 1:50 am

      Thank you💜

      Like

    • Zena T. February 5, 2019 / 4:51 pm

      Thank you!💜

      Like

  3. Barbara Walton-Cabbil February 5, 2019 / 4:32 pm

    To God be the glory. Happy Birthday, Grandma Freda. My youngest son, Cameron’s birthday is today as well. I really need to meet Grandma Freda, she’s my family too! I am not a sugarcoater either (LOL).

    Liked by 1 person

    • Zena T. February 5, 2019 / 4:50 pm

      Happy Birthday to your son Cameron, I hope his day has been great. Thanks for reading and for the birthday wishes for grandma.💜

      Like

  4. Katie Walton Alexander February 5, 2019 / 2:24 pm

    Beautiful tribute to a very sweet woman and you’re so right no sugarcoat

    Liked by 1 person

    • Zena T. February 5, 2019 / 3:41 pm

      Thank you!💜

      Like

  5. lporter18 February 5, 2019 / 12:17 pm

    Such a great blog! Happy Birthday to your beautiful grandmother. I appreciate you sharing her with us through your blog. May God continue to bless her and keep her safe in His bosom.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Zena T. February 5, 2019 / 12:26 pm

      Thanks Latisha, I really appreciate your words.💜

      Like

  6. Anonymous February 5, 2019 / 11:24 am

    Well said. Beautiful.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Zena T. February 5, 2019 / 11:38 am

      Thank you💜

      Like

  7. Renee February 5, 2019 / 10:27 am

    I love this article and the tough love she freely gives to everyone and it’s truly a honor to have her in our lives. Happy Birthday Miss Alfreda💕🙏🏾💗🎈🎂☀️💜

    Liked by 1 person

    • Zena T. February 5, 2019 / 10:41 am

      Thank you Renee, love you💜😘😘😘

      Like

  8. Niles Haymer February 5, 2019 / 8:37 am

    Wonderful perspective!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Lula Starling February 5, 2019 / 8:55 am

      Reading your tribute to your grandmother brought tears to my eyes. You and your family are truly blessed by God. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MRS. ALFREDA DELAWARE!!🎂🎂

      Liked by 1 person

      • Zena T. February 5, 2019 / 9:36 am

        Thank you Mrs. Starling, love you 💜😘

        Like

    • Zena T. February 5, 2019 / 9:35 am

      Thank you Niles💜

      Like

  9. Anonymous February 5, 2019 / 8:31 am

    Wow… outstanding tribute Zena, and oh so true. Ms. Delaware will always hold a special place in my heart, with special memories of the love shown to me when I lived in Yazoo and attended Beulah Land. Love and Blessings to you and the entire Delaware family!

    Like

    • Zena T. February 5, 2019 / 9:37 am

      Thank you!💜

      Like

  10. Gloria-Elayne Owens February 5, 2019 / 6:50 am

    Zena-Beana, this is such a beautiful birthday “celebration” of your grandmother…a “guarded” heart-throb for OUR community. You’re such a talented writer! Thanks for sharing your perspective…your heart…your grandmother…OUR heart!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Mr. And Mrs. John Wallace February 5, 2019 / 9:03 am

      Good job Z

      Liked by 1 person

      • Zena T. February 5, 2019 / 9:34 am

        Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Wallace, love & hugs to you both.💜😘

        Like

    • Zena T. February 5, 2019 / 9:39 am

      Layne, thank you for the very kind compliment. Love & hugs to you💜

      Like

    • Queen February 7, 2019 / 12:34 pm

      An awesome tribute to your grandmother.
      She’s an amazing woman. She is truly a blessing from God.I am thankful that God allowed me the blessing of knowing her. Ny mom and her were dear friends. I am one of the special ones that has been blessed with a hug from her.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Zena T. February 7, 2019 / 2:17 pm

        Thank you, Queen, love you 😘

        Like

    • Anonymous February 8, 2019 / 5:15 pm

      This is so precious. I love you Zena.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Zena T. February 8, 2019 / 11:23 pm

        Thank you💜

        Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.